46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery (in Toyama) and Senkoji Temple (in Tonami). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 6 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba Aquarium, &more), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Okageza, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, walk around Chubu Park, and examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Gion, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji

— 4 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter), Okayama (Kibitsu Shrine, Okayama Castle, &more) and Jodoji Temple (in Ono). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Naha

— 6 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Helios Distillery (in Nago) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Cape Maeda, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Naha road trip planning tool.

Fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in March: high temperatures in Naha hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.